Former FTC staffers quoted in the New York Times were certainly sceptical.
A bombshell report from The New York Times revealed that Facebook shared user data with major companies including Spotify, Netflix, Microsoft, Yahoo, and more that it categorized as data partners, which were not subject to the usual privacy controls. Facebook released a statement saying, "None of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission, nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC".
While Microsoft and Yahoo got to see friends lists, others like Spotify and Netflix actually got to see inside users' messages.
The Royal Bank of Canada, also alleged to have been given carte blanche with messages, disputed it had that power.
Facebook's excuse for all this?
Facebook refers to the second type of arrangements as being "instant personalisation". They effectively view the entire internet as their jurisdiction. The company allowed thousands of app developers to extract their data through time-sucking games and pointless online quizzes.
In July, Facebook disclosed the names of 61 businesses it gave special rights to access user data after blocking such access more broadly. This was the trade-off for logging in to see baby photos?
In its own response to this new report, Facebook says it did this all to help people. Business Insider also reached out to the bank for comment.
STUFFThe New York Times report comes after Facebook has been reeling from a series of privacy scandals
This is an approach which wouldn't necessarily be taken every time a company had poor data protection and inappropriate data sharing allegations thrown their way, but in Facebook's case, trust in the company has been undermined again and again over such a short period and so perhaps more radical, transparent action needs to be taken.
To TheDCNF's knowledge, The Times does not have a formal policy on whether its journalists can peruse the extraordinary breadth of information given by social media companies to its business and advertising departments. Their success in becoming the largest social network on the internet has completely insulated them from having to face any tangible consumer backlash.
The Times reviewed more than 200 pages of documents generated in 2017 by Facebook's tool used to track partnerships.
This is what a monopoly looks like.
Both Spotify and Netflix, however, told The Times they were unaware they had this kind of broad access. Given the tweets of one senator last night, some momentum seems to be gaining around this topic.
Rising pressure: Another day, another Facebook scandal.
That's the only way to stop 2019 being like 2018: a drip-drip of headlines that have eroded Facebook's reputation, perhaps irreparably. Users would have done this by using their Facebook account to log in to the other services, which, technically, counted as giving permission. Earlier this year, the firm came under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress over similar revelations. Facebook can not seem to clean up its own mess.
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